Last minute holidays in Menorca

Last minute holidays in Menorca

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Make this weekend count with a last minute trip to Menorca

No plans for the weekend? Why sit at home watching the rain outside your window? In under three hours, you could be relaxing in the year-round sunshine of Menorca. This Balearic island is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Through caution to the wind, pack your suitcase and take a last-minute trip to this delightful Mediterranean paradise! All the fun of an island getaway is waiting for you.

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Why choose Menorca for a last minute trip?

First up, Menorca is really easy to reach. In high season, 17 airports across the UK offer direct flights to the island. Flight times vary depending on which airport you're coming from, but they're never long: the shortest flights, from London, take around 2 hours and 15 minutes. Even if you're travelling all the way from Belfast, you'll spend just 3 hours in the air. Once you arrive, you can expect year-round sunshine, virgin beaches and world-class food - all the ingredients you need for a fabulous last minute break. Plus, Menorca is a very small island, just 50 km from tip to tip. That makes it easy to plan your last minute holiday in Menorca, as you'll be able to get around easily no matter where you stay.

What can I do for a last minute weekend break in Menorca?

Menorca may be a small island, but it offers plenty of activities to keep you busy during your last minute trip. For many people, a Mediterranean holiday is all about the beach! In fact, there are 131 beaches on the island - and 96 of those are beautiful, virgin beaches. You'll find large sandy spaces with gentle, shallow water that are ideal for a family holiday in Menorca. Punta Prima, Son Bou and Cala Galdana all fall into this category. If you're looking for more adventure, then Menorca is also known for its wild coves. These are tiny little beaches, often with more rocks than sand. Cala Pregonda, Cala Escorxada and Cala Viola de Ponent are good examples of coves that are well off the beaten track. You'll need to wear comfortable shoes to reach these isolated beaches, but they're ideal if you're craving peace and quiet. There are even beaches that can only be reached from the water. Why not rent a kayak and paddle out to the Illa d'en Colom, a tiny islet just 300m off the coast?

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FAQs: Last minute holidays in Menorca

Where should I stay for my last minute trip to Menorca?

As you plan your last minute getaway, you may be wondering where to look for holiday lettings in Menorca. The island is very small, so wherever you stay, you'll never be far from the attractions. There are two cities on the island. The capital, Mahón, is closer to the airport and has beautiful old colonial fortresses and cobbled streets to explore. Ciutadella, on the other side of the island, is bigger than Mahón. It has a bustling port and several great nearby beaches. As it's on the west of the island, it also has breathtaking sunsets for you to enjoy every evening. Punta Prima, Cala Blanca and Son Bou are also popular resorts for a last minute break. These are all beach resorts, so they're ideal if you just want to relax on the sand.

Do I need to book in advance for restaurants and attractions?

If you're visiting Menorca in the high season of summer, you may need to book trendy restaurants and beach clubs in advance. However, if you're travelling at any time other than July and August, you'll find it easier to get in without a reservation. Don't have time to book? Then stay in a town like Mahón or Ciutadella. These are the two largest settlements on the island, so they have more eateries. You may want to head out of the tourist streets of the old town and go to a neighbourhood restaurant, where bookings are less common. Don't worry if you can't get into a trendy beach club. Menorca has so many beaches that you'll always find somewhere to go.

Do I need to hire a car to get around Menorca?

Transport can be stressful for last minute travellers. The good news is that car rental is not necessary for a trip to Menorca. The island has decent public transport, with a bus network that connects the airport, the larger towns and the major resorts. You can also rely on taxis, a more expensive option that offers added convenience. Apps like Uber and Cabify are not present on the island, and there are no private taxi companies. If you are travelling into one of the cities, be aware that an extra fee (€2.90) will be charged for entering the port zones of either Ciutadella or Mahón. Ask to be dropped in another part of town to avoid this.

How can I get to Menorca at the last minute?

If you are travelling in peak season, you're in luck. There are regular flights to Menorca from airports across the UK, with at least one airport in every region offering a service. Outside the school holidays, there are fewer flights available, but there are always some options available. If you can't find a direct flight that's convenient for you, consider transferring through Barcelona Airport. Even in the middle of winter, there are at least five flights a day.

Is hand luggage enough for a trip to Menorca?

You can usually save money on your last minute Mediterranean break by flying with just hand luggage. If you're only going to Menorca for a weekend or a few days, that will be enough. The island has over 300 days of sunshine a year, so you won't generally need to carry heavy coats or rain jackets. Menorca has a laid-back, relaxed island vibe. Many residents and visitors alike love its hippie atmosphere. For last minute travellers, that's a good thing - there's no need to worry about dress codes and having to bring lots of outfits!

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